Dame Laura Knight: ‘I Paint Today’

DAME LAURA KNIGHT, R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1877-1970), At the Edge of the Cliff, signed ‘Laura Knight’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 23 x 28 in. (58.4 x 71.1 cm.), Painted circa 1917, Image Source: Christie’s

At the Edge of the Cliff is one of the strongest works in this clifftop series. The young woman in her striking striped blue and white skirt and white jumper has a timeless quality to her, her outfit feeling as modern to a contemporary audience as it did over 100 years ago. She stands on the cliffs at the top of Lamorna Cove, gazing out at the turquoise and deep blue sea, lost in thought.”


What is demonstrably clear is that Knight was, as her biographer Alice Strickland recently said, ‘a woman of firsts’. She was the first female artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire, in 1929; the first female artist since the 18th century to be elected as a Royal Academician, in 1936; and the first to have a solo show at the Royal Academy — although she was forced to wait until her nineties before she was allowed to attend the academy dinners. Her success was down to hard work and observation. ‘I paint today,’ she famously said, revealing a hunger for the curiosities of life.

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At the Edge of the Cliff,above, is being offered in British and European Art: Part 1 on 13 December 2022.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Another new artist to me. Thank you.

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  2. Gorgeous and strong. I’m off to follow her journey!

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  3. Love this painting! It’s perfect in every way.

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  4. dorahak says:

    Somehow the character of the young woman comes through from her stance on the edge. Very nice.

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    1. Yes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dora. 🙂


  5. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Wonderful painter!

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  6. WOW!!! I LOVE that painting! Thank You, Sunnyside!!! 🤗

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    1. My pleasure, Katy! I am happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  7. shoreacres says:

    “I paint today” is a wonderfully ambiguous phrase. It could express intention — “I will paint today” — or serve as a description of how she saw her work: portraying the present in all its complex beauty.

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    1. Nuance! I love “portraying the present in all its complex beauty.” 🙂

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  8. Fantastic woman and fantastic art.

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  9. What a varied and wonderful artist!

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    1. Good morning, Sheila! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ❤️🙂


  10. jonicaggiano says:

    Fascinating and what an amazing woman who never gave up and pursued her on interest in art painting what inspired her. I loved your video. The painting featured was truly stunning. I found peace in the sea as I do today. Thank you for sharing. 🦋🌹

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed this, Joni. Thanks for visiting! 🙂


  11. I rather enjoyed learning about Dame Laura Knight. 😍 Wonderful artist, thank you.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Gia. I am looking through your blog now for Christmas movies to add to my list! 😎🎄

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      1. I have one so far for this year (Christmas With You) but another that sticks in my mind because it was a pleasant surprise is 2020’s Happiest Season. It’s a well-executed Christmas story, and funny too. I’m watching Violent Christmas (2022) next week which should be fun.

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      2. You’re super welcome. 🤓

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